Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Camii (AzapkapI), Istanbul

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The Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque located in the Kadirga neighborhood of the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey.HistoryThe mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for the grand vizier Sokollu Mehmet Pasha (the husband of one of the granddaughters of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Esmahan). According to the foundation inscription, the building was completed in AH 979 (1571/72 CE). The mosque is officially named after Princess Esmahan, but is more commonly known for its association with her far more famous husband.ArchitectureExteriorThe mosque is noted for its architecturally challenging location on a steep slope. Sinan resolved this issue by fronting the mosque with a two-story courtyard. The bottom story (now in ruins) was divided into shops, whose rents were intended to help support the upkeep of the mosque. The upper story with an open colonnaded courtyard had the spaces between the columns on three sides walled off to form small rooms, each with a small window, fireplace and niche to store bedding, forming the living accommodations for a madrasah. Instruction for students was given in the prayer hall itself, or in the dershane, a large domed room over the western staircase. The fourth side of the courtyard is the mosque itself, which is designed as a hexagon inscribed in a rectangle, topped by a dome with four small semi-domes in the corners.
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  • Small, intimate, spiritual, very beautiful and a few hundred meters from the tourist chaos that luckily only laps it. I enjoyed it more than the Blue Mosque, too bad it wasn't...
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  • The Pasha Sokollu Mehmet has built two mosques, this one and another near the racecourse. Both works by architect Sinan. Frankly, I prefer the other one, because of its location...
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  • Bearing the name of the person in the Sultanahmet Mosque, but here is a family person. Eyup district where even a little away. Would you visit to tour the eyup mosque. It is a quiet grave.
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  • One of the greatest mosques of Istanbul built by Mimar Sinan
  • SOKOLLU MEHMET PASHA MOSQUE The mosque was constructed by Mimar Sinan commissioned by Sokollu Mehmed Pasha in 1578 The mosque which was built in the style of Selimiye Mosque was raised by constrücting underground cellars to its basement due to its place that people and their boats had croweded Dueto the fact that the mosque was constructed right outside the Galata Walls, it was called as Azapkapı Mosque, too.The minaret of the mosque was constructed separately on the left side.The reason for this;is that the structure is very close to the sea.There is no courtyard.Narthex is reached via the stairs in both ways.Rectangular planned mosque's mihrab sticks out.The main dome is based on eight arches.Side sofas form a floor with a portico.The dome is surrounded by corridors shaped like U. Mihrab's front sticks out to outside and its top was covered with a semi-dome.Eight supports carrying the central dome were reflected to outside and their tops were covered with dome.Tile applications are seen in the interior As it was damaged in the fire of 1807 and its minaret partially being demolished, it has been reconstructed starting from the pulpit section.Shortly before the Balkan Wars and World War I, mosque was repaired but the repair was suspended due to the war and it stayed a wreck for long years to come.Mosque went under an extensive repair in 1938, and only after then could be opened for praying in 1941. As the original inscription of the mosque on one of the doors was broken, it was rewritten by Kamil Akdik according to its old pattern in 1941 again.Dome writings are the works of Halim Efendi, one of the latest era calligraphers
  • Beautiful Mosque in the sea side of golden horn
  • We visited around midday on a Sunday. It is padlocked closed and perhaps has some maintenance happening inside (not this day). Exterior is nice and clean and there is a nice historical fountain nearby.
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